Who am i?
First blog, I thought the best place to start was a full introduction to myself and my journey to becoming an ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist.
My journey to becoming a Chartered physiotherapist probably started when I was a young girl! Allergic to horses (very badly) but determined to learn to ride, I vividly remember my dad giving me an old book on keeping horses and ponies (before I was allowed to have lessons due to the allergy). I learnt all the parts of the bridle, saddle, all the colours of horses, all the names of the brushes – eventually my mum caved in and I started lessons …. Followed by a very naughty, grey, Welsh section B called Peter. I now have two naughty greys, a Lusitano called Athos and a Section A called Tilly and two equally naughty dogs; Shreddie (Border Terrier x Westie) and Weeto (Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier).
We were always surrounded by a menagerie of animals growing up – dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, chinchilla's, fish… and ponies. A house simply isn’t a home without (several) pets! And so, I dabbled in equine behaviour, taking the stage 1 of the NAC Equine Behaviour Qualification and teaching riding – but they weren’t for me career wise. And so, I started a successful “proper” job in Human Resources! Circumstances then lead me to re-train to become a human physiotherapist, completing my BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at the University of Salford, gaining a 1st class degree. From here I entered the NHS on junior rotation, followed by a Senior Physiotherapist position working with adults with learning disabilities, alongside private practice outpatient musculoskeletal clinic work. I then gained a place on the PG Dip/MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy course at the University of Liverpool, based out of their Leahurst campus on the Wirral, one of the most prestigious specialist veterinary referral hospitals in the country and completed the PG Dip with Distinction.
This long and arduous study route enables a Chartered physiotherapist to upgrade to become a Category A member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT Cat. A), and practice as a Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in Veterinary Physiotherapy.
In addition to my core university education I have also undertaken numerous additional Continuous Professional Development courses and qualifications to fully equip my treatment toolkit, these include: fully qualified in medical acupuncture, sports massage therapy, Kinesio-taping, myofascial release, specialist runners gait analysis and rehabilitation and clinical pilates.
I myself pride myself on aiming for excellent standards of care, be it an animal or human patient. I truly believe in educating and empowering clients during their rehabilitation journey and that clients must understand what is happening anatomically and biomechanically in theirs or their animal’s body to fully understand their treatment plan!
So this is me………. Animal fanatic, who despite swollen eyes and face, continued to ride and own horses for over three decades. This journey has threatened to break me at times; sustaining the demands of work, family and study for such a long time has been no easy task …. But here we are, ready to help you and/or your animal on the way to the best possible health, fitness and performance.
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Becky is a Chartered Physiotherapist who treats people and animals!